Flux by prolific author Lucas Pederson is quite possibly his magnum opus. The book is a creature feature of epic proportions. Without delving into the plot, I’d focus instead on Pederson’s intelligent way with words and exquisite prose. Being a fan of the author, I’ve read previous works which were nascent in their come uppance, but Flux blows it out of the water. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s an amalgamated science fiction horror book that delves into the miraculous and the bizarre. There’s horror hounds (Hell Hound), time traveling truths, and a stark sense of foreboding running through the book like a slit vein.
Pederson uses clever plot bends to tell his story. It works. All the way. He cleverly introduces his characterization by focusing on the reality of his characters. This technique is difficult to achieve. It’s like trying to hit a Whitney Houston note when you can’t sing. Pederson does this effortlessly. He weaves through the words and the descriptions like a master of the art. It is quite impressive.
So, are there problems in the book? Yes, unfortunately so. The climax is slow, the denouement is slightly off-kilter and some of the dialogue felt forced. These problems are minor in the grand scheme of things, but they are problems which should be addressed. I can’t fault Pederson’s technicality, nor can I find issues with adjectives and tense structures. This shows either brilliant writing or brilliant editing. I think a mix of the two created Flux. And that mixture comes through for Pederson.
You know when something happens at the right time, in the right place? That’s what I get from Flux. It’s as if Pederson knew his target market so well that it is actually ominous. He released the right book at exactly the right time.
A final flaw would be the veracity of the characters. They lost some of their three-dimensional existence at certain points, but quickly bounced back to being fully fledged characters again. Pederson should look at this flaw in future projects – there’s nothing worse than feeling that fourth wall come down when a woman is running away from a Hell Hound.
RATING: 4.5 / 5